Bethlehem Historical Association

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The museum is closed at this time. 

Due to the pandemic risk our plans for 

re-opening are uncertain at this time.  


The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158


[email protected]

Have Your Voice Heard for Bethlehem's Comprehensive Plan

Have you noticed signs with this logo sprouting up around town? 

Bethlehem is updating its comprehensive plan. There is a reason why it is called the comprehensive plan. It affects almost every facet of the town for the next fifteen years or more. So, it is a big deal and a wonderful opportunity.

The friends and neighbors who have agreed to serve on this update committee need our input. They cannot represent Bethlehem Historical Association without it. 

Won't you take time to look at the website, and then please do your part by completing the survey!  

As members of the historical association, we need to pay attention to how the plan addresses the town's historic buildings and sites. Establishment of an historic preservation commission in the updated plan would ensure that such buildings are recognized, properly documented, and given serious consideration if threatened. The survey gives town residents an opportunity to express their support for such protection of these irreplaceable buildings.

Complete the Survey!

Stay Informed!


Today's Reality, Tomorrow's History

As we deal with the daily challenges of Covid-19, it is impossible to understand how people 50, 100 or more years from now will understand the impacts the virus had on our daily lives. We are living in historic times. 

The Bethlehem Historical Association supports the Bethlehem Public Library in its efforts to collect current stories of how Covid-19 has impacted local residents. What seems mundane to you might fascinate someone in 2120.  

If you have a story to tell, contact the Bethlehem Library at to make your memories a part of our community’s history.

Drive-It-Yourself Tour

Tired of sitting home?  Want to go some place but don't know where?  

Try a Drive-It-Yourself Tour of historic places in the Town of Bethlehem.  The tour was developed in 2010 -- but after a decade, even if you have driven in before, 

it's time to revisit. 

Tour directions can be found in Out and About 

Looking for Something to Do?

Now might be the perfect time to do some historical research. While everything is closed up, the National Archives has an online site that contains a wealth of information and activities for the whole family.  Check out the link below and begin a new journey into the past!  National Archives


There is a new cookbook on sale at I Love Books. 

They are $10 each.  

Copies can also be purchased by contacting 

Wendy Brandow (518) 767-0716 or Linda Schacht (518) 767-2924

We appreciate the support of all those who contributed recipes and helped to get this book together.

Books by Town Historian 

Susan Leath

Available at local bookstores